STEVENS POINT, Wis. – Marian University women’s volleyball (4-3, 0-0 NACC) finished 3-0 at the Pointers Invitational after defeating Saint Mary’s (Minn.) in five sets and Beloit in a sweep.

The Sabres were stuck in a seesaw battle with Saint Mary’s (Minn.) and were forced to play their third five-set match of the season, but for this time the Sabres finished on top.  Each squad earned a 25-22 win to open the match before SMU found themselves in the driver’s seat with a 25-20 win in the third set.  With their backs against the door, Marian was able to record 12 kills to only two errors and take the fourth set 25-17.

With momentum on their side, Marian was able to jump out to an early 9-6 lead in the fifth set and never looked back using a 4-1 run to close out the 15-9 final set.

Sophomore Kaitlyn Merrill paced the Sabres with 17 kills and a .255 attack percentage, while junior Caelan Tourdot added 11 kills with three total blocks.  In the back row, senior Brooklyn Taylor posted a match-high 21 digs and also had three service aces.  Sophomore Anna Tapia finished with a double-double assisting on 35 kills with 12 digs and a pair of service aces.

The second match of the day against Beloit was all Sabres as Marian defeated the Buccaneers with set scores of 25-16, 25-12, and 25-22.  The Sabres hit recorded at least 14 kills in each set with an attack percentage above .280.  Merrill once again paced the Sabres with a match-high 16 kills off of a .533 attack percentage with Tourdot chipping in 11 kills.  Taylor reached 14 digs in the back row to lead both teams.

Marian opens NACC play Wednesday, Sept. 15 traveling to Alverno for a 7 p.m. first serve.

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